FLYERS (7-9-1) at PENGUINS (11-5-0)
TV: NBCSN, TSN2, RDS
Last 10: Philadelphia 5-4-1; Pittsburgh 8-2-0
Season series: This is the second of four games between the Pennsylvania rivals. On Jan. 19, in the season opener for both teams, Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 26 of 27 shots in a 3-1 Pittsburgh win in Philadelphia.
Big story: The Flyers will look to finish their six-game road trip with a win, while the Penguins return from their own short road trip looking to push their win streak to four in a row.
Flyers: Claude Giroux showed he is a leader in both word and deed Monday against the New York Islanders.
Two days after ripping his team for its listless effort in a 4-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday, Giroux scored a pair of goals, including one 26 seconds into the game, leading a 7-0 rout of the New York Islanders.
"As a team, we weren't satisfied how we showed up every game and how we played," Giroux said in the Philadelphia Daily News. "It was unacceptable -- no intensity, no will to pay the price to win the game. Everyone today was paying the price to win. It's a lot more fun to play that way."
Penguins: With three straight wins, the Penguins took over the top spot in the Eastern Conference standings at the start of the week.
The team has improved its goals-against average from 2.66 in 2011-12 to 2.38 this season, while still allowing just 27.4 shots per game. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury also has been better, with a 2.34 GAA and .914 save percentage, and he's allowed two or fewer goals in seven of his 11 starts this season.
Who's hot: Giroux has two goals and six points in his last four games. … The Penguins' top line of Crosby, Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz has combined for five goals and 15 points in the previous three games.
Injury report: The Flyers are missing forwards Scott Hartnell (foot) and Jody Shelley (hip), defenseman Andrej Meszaros (shoulder) and goalie Michael Leighton (finger). … The Penguins are fully healthy.
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